ABOUT BFI

Mission Statement 

Our mission is to create a better future for orphaned and vulnerable children.

Better Future International accomplishes this through the provision of nutritious food, healthcare, education and supportive services in a family environment so that children have the opportunity to not only survive, but thrive.

Better Future International believes that children benefit from living in a family environment. Better Future utilizes a Family Care Model, a sustainable, holistic, community-centered, and child development-appropriate approach to raising orphaned children at the lowest possible cost. The model applies the concept of kinship care while supporting extended family members´ ability to provide care for orphaned children. It is complimentary to cultures in many countries.

Better Future International

Better Future International is dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children by providing the security of a family structure, the opportunity that comes with proper education, and the physical benefits of proper nutrition and medical care. We invest in the futures of children, making sure they have the tools they need to become independent participants in their own communities, helping move their own countries into the future. 

Through our programs in Haiti, we have successfully taken a sustainable approach to addressing the immediate and long-term needs of orphaned and vulnerable children while improving disadvantaged communities.

Our projects currently function through two different program models, the "Family Care" Model and the "Home Care" Model. The Family Care Model supports orphans living in family settings with aunts, uncles, grandparents, or other suitable guardians. The children are raised in loving home environments that are beneficial to their growth and development.  The families are provided nutritious food, healthcare, education and supportive services to ensure that they are able to provide the care the children need. Our aim is both to strengthen the family unit and prevent the abandonment of the child to an orphan home or other institution. 

The Home Care Model, currently only operating in Haiti, supports orphaned children living in a small home.  The home is supervised by a permanent house parent who offers a similar healthy loving environment that a family has to offer. This model provides care for children who do not have extended family capable of providing care. 

At Better Future International we believe our greatest responsibility is providing the best possible care for the children in our programs. In every decision we make, the well-being of the children is our first priority. 

We believe our second greatest responsibility is the trust of our donors. For that reason we ensure that all funds and resources are used wisely, with consideration and full accountability. We can guarantee that 100% of restricted donations are allocated to the chosen project; nothing is deducted for administration. 

Better Future International (registered in New York State under the name Orphans International America) is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization organized under the laws of New York State. 

History

Orphans International America, now doing business as Better Future International, was incorporated in 2002 as a response to the global crisis facing orphaned children. The organization first opened its doors to children in Haiti, operating a successful Home Care Model for eleven children.  While we will continue to operate this small home until the current children are able to support themselves as productive members of their community, all new programming will utilize a Family Care Model. 

In 2008, a Family Care Model was established in Moshi, Tanzania, opening its community center, the Salama Center in January 2009.  It is our first fully operational Family Care Model.  

The Casa Ana Center in Azua, Dominican Republic opened its doors in July 2009.  It provides educational programming to 28 children and adolescents as well as health care for the children and their families.

To best serve the world´s many orphaned and vulnerable children we must work to place them in family settings - with aunts, uncles, grandparents, or other suitable guardians - where they can not only survive, but thrive. 

Board of Directors


Laura Fortinsky
President

Tom Pegues
Vice President

Judith Cothran
Secretary

Monisha de Quadros
Treasurer
Kristie DeKoker